After getting the outside of my house painted, I was feeling motivated to work on the inside. I had been wanting to do a fireplace makeover for awhile and decided this was the time for an easy weekend fireplace makeover.
This is a before picture of my fireplace. Lots of wood stain, dark blue tiles, dirty inside. We’ve never built a fire in this fireplace, nor do we plan to. The living room is so small, a fire would run us out! I plan on purchasing some nice candles and decorating the inside. Since I don’t plan on using the fireplace, I didn’t worry about buying paint to withstand high temperatures. If you do this project, please keep that in mind if you do any painting around your fireplace.
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- All-purpose cleaner
- 400 grit sandpaper
- Zinsser primer ultimate stain blocker
- Valspar Signature interior paint
- Rustoleum flat black spray paint
- Valspar high gloss enamel paint
- Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin gloss
Step 1: Clean all surfaces
Step 2: Lightly sand all surfaces and make sure it’s completely free of dust and dry before moving onto the next step.
Step 3: Prime the mantel with one coat of white shellac based Zinsser primer ultimate stain blocker. One quart was plenty for me.
Step 4: Once that is dry, paint the mantel/wood. I used Valspar Signature interior paint in ultra white, and again, one quart was plenty. I would recommend two coats. I only did one coat and had to go back and do another.
Step 5: If you’re not going to use your fireplace but want the inside to look nice, like me, then you can spray paint the inside. I used Rust-Oleum flat black spray paint. A word of warning. This stuff stinks and will get you high as a kite if you’re not careful. So, if you’re not into that sort of thing, wear a mask, open all windows, and get your kids outside! But it’s worth it. So do it.
Step 6: Now it’s time to move on to the tile. Now, don’t be scared. This was surprisingly easy and fun 🙂 Using the same Zinsser primer, paint one coat of primer all over the tile.
Step 7: Once that is dry, paint the tile with a high gloss enamel paint. I used Valspar, in Dove white. Once that was dry, I felt like the tile needed more texture. So, I mixed a little bit of some light brown paint that I had on hand with the tile paint, got a bit on a paper towel, and dabbed one tile in the corner to see if I liked it before moving on. Here is a picture:
I really liked the texture, so I got busy doing the rest of the tiles. It was really fun once I got into it.
Step 8: Once the tile was dry, I sealed it with Minwax water based polycrylic clear satin gloss. And the weekend project was finally done!
I can’t wait to decorate it!! To me, that’s the hard part. I’m no good at decorating. So, what do you think?? I think it really brightened up the whole room. I’m so glad I did it.